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Zone offence
Red series


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Alan Lambert

The Red series provides good offensive rebounding triangles. It starts with a wing-entry pass and hand-back, or the point guard dribble clears the wing. The ballside low post flashes to high post.

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2 clears to the weakside, 4 cuts to the basket, 5 flashes to the ballside high post vacated by 4, and 3 fills the top.

Options and variations are as follows.

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Overload

The ball is reversed quickly to 2, 4 cuts to the short corner, 5 moves down to the weakside low post. If the bottom zone defender bumps out to defend 2, 4 (or 5) will be open. 4 can look for 5 inside, or a skip pass to 1 or 3.

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Fade

Instead of clearing to the weakside, 2 cuts back to the ballside corner using a screen from 4, and 5 tries to screen the top for 1 to get open. 3 looks to skip pass to 2 or 1, or hit 4 inside. On a pass to the corner, 2 looks to shoot or pass inside to 4.

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Middle

Instead of stepping out to the short corner on ball reversal, 4 cuts up to the high post. On a pass to 4 (or 5), 1 and 2 flare towards the corners, the other post basket cuts, and point player 3 goes opposite the pass..

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Philly

3 and 5 screen the backside of the zone and 2 cuts to the corner for a skip pass from 1, who dribbles and reverses to keep the ballside zone defenders occupied. 1 also looks for 5 inside or 3 popping back out top.

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Go

Instead of flashing to the high post, 5 cuts to the low post using a screen from 4, who then comes back towards the ball (useful against match-up zones).

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Dribble block

Instead of flashing to the ballside high post, 5 sets a ballscreen for 3, who penetrates and looks to pass to 2 in the corner (the primary option) or to 5 or to shoot.

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